2012 / 2013 Season
MPTG Packs Ridge with INTO THE WOODS
In one of the largest productions since MPTG's Jekyll and Hyde (May, 2002), MPTG's production of Sondheim's modern classic musical, Into the Woods drew enormous audiences for the four performance run, May 17 - 20, 2012. The cast consisted of many new-comers to MPTG as well as many veterans, including Mike Valenti (Baker) and Carley Sullivan (Little Red), both of whom made their MPTG adult theater debut after being in our Children's Theater ten years ago.
MPTG's Children's Theater Takes Audiences Down the Yellow Brick Road
On March 29th - 31st over 60 3rd through 8th graders took audiences on a journey into the merry old land of Oz in one of our largest Children's Theater Productions to date.
The Innocents Scares Audiences
MPTG's production of William Archibald's The Innocents, which ran February 16 - 18, 2012, was an audience screamer! The cast featured MPTG veterans Grace O'Neil, Colleen Winters, and John Wognum; Children's Theater Performers, Anna Strahlman, Maddie Zwick, Julia Brady, and Hannah Stubitsch; and Biranne Murray, who made her MPTG debut. The production also featured origial music by resident Sound Designer, Mike Valenti and a beautiful costume design by Colleen Winters.
MPTG's Children's Theater Performs Annie Jr.
MPTG Performs Steel Magnolias
On November 17 - 19, MPTG performed Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias as a Dinner Theater Fundraiser for the Munroe Park Theater Alliance, the fundraising board for MPTG. The cast consisted of MPTG veterans, Colleen Winters (Shelby), Grace O'Neill (Annelle), and Jaimey Kennedy (Ouiser). Lauren Kerns and Jeanie Giedraitis reprised their roles from 12 years ago as Clairee and Truvy, respectively, and Jill Signorelli made her Ridge Park debut as M'Lynn. Over 145 people came to see the show during its weekend run, and the production was an audience favorite, which culminated with a standing ovation on closing night.
MPTG Opens 2011/2012 Season at Hale Theatre Co's Fall Theatre Fest with The Shape of Things.
In September, MPTG brought its production of The Shape of Things to Hale Park. The cast consisted of MPTG new-commers, Colin Rice, Jill Signorelli, and Dan Finnerty and featured MPTG veteran, Colleen Winters, in the role of Jenny. This unique production included videography by Brian T. Laughran and complex technical design, which was created by Mike Valenti. The show was directed by Kevin McSweeney, with Carley Sullivan serving as the Assistant Director.
IN MEMORIAM: JOHN MACASKILL
John MacAskill, retired Ridge Park Supervisor, passed away on June 19, 2009. John was a strong advocate for our theater and a good friend. His presence at Ridge, where he worked for over 20 of his 33 years with the Park District, was instrumental to our program and its success.
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The Munroe Park Theater Guild is a non-profit Community Theater with the Chicago Park District that has been serving Chicago's Beverly area for 12 years. Our mission is to provide performers, artists, and audiences with engaging, stimulating, entertaining, and thought-provoking theatrical experiences. We welcome experienced and inexperienced performers alike, and we strive to create performative opportunities for "veterans" to hone their craft and for "new-comers" to learn their craft. MPTG does not pre-cast shows. All roles for all productions are open.
Kevin McSweeney, Director
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Page updated on June 21, 2012